Scott Highleyman oversees marine campaigns in Canada, Greenland, and international waters that promote science and community-based conservation of the Arctic Ocean and the welfare of indigenous residents who rely on this ecosystem.
Highleyman has led conservation initiatives in Alaska and Canada for 25 years. He was the first executive director of the Alaska Marine Conservation Council, working with coastal communities, Alaska Natives and small-boat commercial fishermen toward sustainable management of U.S. North Pacific fisheries. He also served as staff attorney for Trustees for Alaska, executive director of the Alaska Environmental Lobby and congressional lobbyist for the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council. As founder of Wildhavens Consulting, Highleyman specialized in community-based and cross-border conservation projects, providing advice to the Canadian Boreal Initiative, Ducks Unlimited Canada, the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council, The Pew Charitable Trusts and many other organizations.
Highleyman holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Williams College and a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School at Madison.
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As the sea ice recedes each summer, more than 57,000 beluga whales return to the estuaries of Manitoba’s southwestern Hudson Bay to molt, feed, and give birth. A new video released this week by The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Oceans North Canada project documents the crucial role these biologically rich estuaries play as the belugas’ summer home. Read More
Riding over rough sea ice on the back of a snowmobile in near-whiteout conditions, it was hard to imagine that the area would be ice-free in only a few short weeks. Spring on north Baffin Island meant that I was setting out to do narwhal research wearing three layers plus my winter parka. Our three-member team left the community of Pond Inlet and traveled south into Milne Inlet, a summering area... Read More